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Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

It was also about freedom. I couldn't wait for the day I didn't have to get my Mom to drive me everywhere.

Bicycles have existed for well over hundred years. Public transport is also a thing. I've had very little need for my parents to transport me since I was about 9 years old and didn't buy a car until I was 26, as did most of my friends.

My gosh you're right! Why would anyone want a car when those modes of transportation exist? It's a modern mystery!

Comment Re:Consumers wont... (Score 1) 46

When the masses decided on gaming, we went from games like Origin's with new IP every few months, to games that cost ten times as much (if you factor the DLC required) and are the same IP as last year. They decided that waiting a little bit more for a relatively bug-free version of a game isn't worth it, making the game industry with its, "it compiles, ship it!" mantra the de facto standard of today.

Maybe. I think the masses eat what they're fed. The above came about because game publishers wanted a revenue stream. It's like software licensing today. It's all subscriptions because software has outstripped its usefulness (Microsoft Office was a finished product 10 years ago) and companies are rent seeking to keep the money rolling in.

Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 1) 417

Until I bought a car with HUD, I would have agreed with you. Granted, It's a sports car and is really useful for track days, but it's really nice to not have to glance down at the instrument panel and keep your eyes on the road. I've had to swerve to miss cars on the highway that suddenly veered into my lane when when glancing at my speedometer, gas, etc. Having that extra fraction of a second to react makes it a little less scary. I think it could be a bigger distraction if there's too much information on a HUD though. The largest displayed item on mine is speed. There's a bar graph for the tachometer and a very small one for gas and oil pressure and very small arrows for turn signal indicators.


Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 5, Insightful) 417

When i was 12 i couldnt wait to get my driver's licence these days the skinny jeans wearing fairies are more interested in posing selfies while duckfacing than being a man who wants to hone his skills

I remember being a teenager decades ago and everyone dreaming of the day they got their driver's license. It had nothing to do with honing skills. No one was practicing parallel parking and people dreaded drivers-ed even though for many that was the only time they got to actually drive. It wasn't about wanting to just drive, but mostly about being able to impress friends and girls. Some things don't change that much...

It was also about freedom. I couldn't wait for the day I didn't have to get my Mom to drive me everywhere.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 2) 417

And in general "concierge services" fail. There have been countless attempts by credit card companies, dedicated websites, and now Cortana, Siri, etc. You can ask the service to book you a flight, rent you a car, etc. The stats are pretty clear. Nobody uses this stuff, and nobody believes for a nanosecond that these services get you anything close to a good deal.

s Part of the problem is that they aren't ready for prime time. I find even Apple's Siri (which is supposed to be good) to be next to useless. I asked it last night to find restaurants near a location and it came back with stuff 4 miles away (this was a downtown city location with restaurants literally across the street). In a car it's even less useful.

Comment Re:Guess what? (Score 1) 301

There are many solutions to this problem. Most of them involve masturbation.

If masturbation were a long-term substitute for sex, we would have died out as a species long ago. It works as a band-aid for immediate urges. But if someone is not getting enough sex in their long-term relationship, masturbation is not a solution.

Comment Re:Guess what? (Score 1) 301

I'm pretty sure most dashslot readers have not even been accused of "molesting five children, including his own sisters", become addicted to pornography, AND been unfaithful to their spouse and parent of their children.

I've managed to avoid all of that, and I imagine that most here have managed to avoid most of that.

And you're not even a Quiverfull Christian! How did you manage?

Comment Re:Guess what? (Score 1) 301

If you will allow me a quote from the Bible, "Put not your trust in princes," ...

And "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." As in, human beings are imperfect creatures, and you'll find many of them that haven't perfectly obeyed every principle they value.

Except the perfect people on /. who ridicule not only the imperfect people who can't manage perfection in following a moral standard, but the moral standard as well because it is followed by those imperfect people.

The thing is, the Duggars are so smug and sanctimonious about their way of life while teaching and preaching a philosophy that is, frankly, abusive. It makes prizes of women and views men as uncontrollable sex maniacs (In the case of Jim Bob and his poor wife, that may be the case). So there is a bit of schadenfreude when someone who proclaims to live some pious existence, that is so much closer to god than the rest of us sinners, turns out to have the same proclivities as we do.

Comment Re:Right to travel...? (Score 2) 264

They have metal detectors and police in schools, and there are rumors of Metal detectors and armed guards being set up at movie theatres and malls.

Which probably has less to do with anyone's totalitarian ambitions and more with the seemingly neverending supply of armed domestic terrorists striking there.

Never ending supply? There were 1.27 billion movie tickets sold in the US and Canada in 2014. Let's say, for the sake of ease, that half those were sold to Americans. That's over 600,000,000 tickets. Now how many people were killed at theaters? 100? Probably less than that. So what purpose would metal detectors serve, other than to be a huge pain in the ass for everyone involved?

I think you're right, that this is driven more by irrational fear than totalitarian ambitions. But those ambitions do exist, so it's wise to watch out for them as well.

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